New complaint filed against Pickwick Pines

n Resort homeowners want protection from escalating fees.
By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
IUKA – Pickwick Pines resort homeowners asked Attorney General Jim Hood to investigate why their annual fees have nearly quadrupled in five years.
The Pickwick Pines Association of Homeowners filed a complaint last month with Hood’s Consumer Protection Division. The complaint says the fees have gone from $500 per year in 2003 to $1,800 per year for 2008 and 2009.
Also, owners of Pickwick Pines Resort indicate the homeowners can expect the fees to rise as high as $3,000 per year, the complaint said.
Hood has not responded yet, said Corinth attorney Wendell Trapp, who represents the group.
“I think the typical procedure is for the attorney general’s office to communicate with (Pickwick Pines Resorts), ask questions and suggest the parties work out their differences,” Trapp said. “Then if there’s no resolution, they may determine what they think may need to be done.”
Not the first time
This is the group’s second complaint against the resort in a year. Last year it said the water quality was inadequate and new buyers could not be added to the water system that serves the resort community.
The state health department got a court order limiting water use and barring the water system from adding customers until water system improvements are completed. Construction on those improvements is under way.
“We typically wait until correction of the problem is imminent before lifting the order,” Keith Allen of the health department’s public water supply division said last year.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell